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They did it! Ontario voters elected Rob Ford’s brother as premier. I remember Rob Ford. They caught him throwing a temper tantrum, swearing and cussing and flailing around on a cell phone or something. His bro was sitting in the…

Jeff Burgar A person very unhappy with his town [none of our communities] had much to say. He wanted to open a business. He claimed his local government was doing everything it could to stop him. “They won’t tell me…

Jeff Burgar The history of the North Country Fair, as reported in this newspaper and online at our website, is great reading. Over the decades, the fair moved from one part of the south shore of Lesser Slave Lake to…

Mac Olsen Just as I felt on Nov. 8, 2016, when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, I feel the same about Doug Ford becoming the new premier of Ontario. As the old song goes, Happy Days…

Jeff Burgar “Oooh, look! Another mountain! Yawn! That pretty well sums many ideas of touring the Rocky Mountains, both Alberta’s and British Columbia’s supposed international claim to fame. As in, “Seen one rock, you seen ‘em all.” So, is there…
This has nothing to do with luck

It is very fitting that a Driftpile Cree Nation man has won another prestigious award just weeks before an entire crop of Grade 12 graduates leaves E.W. Pratt High School and St. Andrew’s School. On June 7, Billy-Ray Belcourt won…

Is anybody besides me old enough to remember Barbara Frum? Her son, David Frum, is now a naturalized American and former Bush the Younger’s speech writer. Like many Republicans, he has had his faith in conservatism shaken and therefore spends…

Jeff Burgar Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joked about for his socks and a string of lame comments along the lines of “peoplekind”, plus international boobery surrounding his international trips to India. But last week, Trudeau put on his big…

A few years ago, I made a decision that would change my life forever. I was playing by the railway tracks with my friends when I decided to hop onto a moving train. I fell off and my left leg…
It was a very, very bad week!

It was the worst of times. Last week, I found myself agreeing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau [gag me with a spoon, please], and Green party Leader Elizabeth May. Please, just get the rope out and get it over with!…

Chris Clegg Just how many gold mining shows are there on TV? Locally, I get to watch about five on the local boob tube: Yukon Gold, Gold Rush, Bering Sea Gold, Gold Rush: White Water, and Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail.…

Jeff Burgar “You want to see economic development?” said a prominent Falher businessperson years ago. “Everybody is talking about economic development,” he continued. “Well, give me a million dollars or two and I will show you development!” The fellow, Jean…
Rewards should go to those who pay

From time to time, The Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County councils receive “gifts” for sponsorship of events. “Gifts” is a poor word. It is generally part of a sponsorship package. For example, the Elks Pro Rodeo offers…